The BNU takes part in inter-library borrowing, a service that enables a network of libraries in France and elsewhere to request and supply documents (originals or photocopies).
The BNU's inter-library borrowing service processes requests from its readers who are looking for documents the BNU and the other libraries in Strasbourg do not have. In 2009, about 500 readers made nearly 2400 requests (applications for inter-library borrowing).

The BNU's inter-library borrowing service also receives requests from other documentary establishments wishing to obtain documents owned by the BNU or the library of the Faculty of Theology. In 2009, nearly 15 000 requests from more than 500 libraries (32% of them outside France) were processed (inter-library lending).

Because of the wealth of the library's collections and the quality of the services it offers, the BNU's inter-library borrowing service is one of the best in France for inter-library borrowing in the field of human and social sciences.

The service is under the responsibilty of a curator and is managed by two specialist assistant librarians, assisted by other members of staff (totalling the equivalent four full-time posts).

Since the closure of the République building, the inter-library borrowing service is located at 9 Rue Fischart. Services for the public are currently mainly provided at this site; the Rue Joffre site only receives applications. Readers may also make requests on-line (using on-line forms on the Internet site). Collecting works at the Rue Joffre site is currently under consideration.

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